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Upcycled Tooth Fairy Costume 

Written By: RePlayGround 




• Binder clips (1) 

About 56 toothpaste tubes (1) 

Butter knife or other scoring tool (1) 

• Zipper 24" long (1) 

Measuring tape/ruler (1) 

• Velcrotabs (1) 

Paper cutter, scissors, or utility knife (1) 

• Sewing machine (1) 


I love Halloween and I love recycling. So there's no better challenge to give myself each 
year than to create a costume from upcycled goodness. This year I was inspired by my 10- 
year-old niece's visit from the tooth fairy. I decided to upcycle toothpaste tubes to create 
this minty-fresh pleated skirt. And here, I'm going to show you how you can create it, too. 

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Step 1 — Upcycled Tooth Fairy Costume 



• Start by collecting and cleaning 56 toothpaste tubes. I know that's a lot of tubes. You can 
try your favorite dentist or find a school that has signed up for the TerraCycle toothpaste 
tube collection brigade and see if they have tubes to spare. 

Step 2 

• Carefully cut open each tube by 
cutting off each end and cutting a 
slit down the side. Clean and flatten 
each tube. 

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Step 3 

• Cut each tube to 5" wide by 5" tall. 
If your tubes are smaller than this, 
then cut them to the maximum size 
that you can. Cut all of your tubes 
to the same dimension. 

Step 4 




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right side 

• Use binder clips to clip 2 tubes 
together with the right sides facing 
each other. Sew along the clipped 
side and fold open. Repeat with 2 
more tubes making a strip of 4 
tubes. Cut this strip so it's 16" tall. 
Reserve any scraps for the 
waistband in step 14. Sewing with 
toothpaste tubes works best when 
your sewing machine is on a wide 
stitch setting. 

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Step 5 



right side 

• Repeat step 4 for your remaining 
tubes. You should now have 14 
strips of 4 tubes each. 

Step 6 


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right side 

right side 

• With the right side facing up, take 
your scoring tool and score each 
strip at 2", 2.5" and 4". Fold along 
the score lines so that the 2" and 4" 
folds are mountain folds and 2.5" 
fold is a valley fold. These will be 
your pleats. 

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Step 7 

• Now you're ready to start 
constructing your skirt. Take 2 
strips of 4 tubes and clip them 
together lengthwise with the right 
sides facing each other. Sew along 
the clipped side. 

Step 8 

• To sew down the pleats, start at 
the top of each pleat and sew down 
4.5". It's best to sew down the 
pleats as you go before your 
toothpaste tube fabric becomes too 

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• Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the 
remaining strips. You will now have 
one long pleated sheet of 
toothpaste tubes. 

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• Hold the pleated toothpaste tube 
sheet around your waste for sizing. 
Make sure it fits properly. Trim off 
any excess, but leave an extra inch 
for seam allowance for setting in 
the zipper. Reserve any scraps for 
the waistband in step 14. 

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Step 11 

• Now you're ready to set in the 
zipper. Fold .5" in on each end. Clip 
the zipper onto one edge and stitch 
it into place. 

Step 12 

• Open the zipper and clip the other 
side of the zipper onto the open 
edge. You won't be able to turn the 
skirt inside out, so the easiest way 
to sew in the zipper is to run it the 
length of the skirt. 

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Step 13 




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• Once the zipper is set in, zip it up 
and cut off any excess zipper at 
the bottom. Run a couple of 
stitches along the bottom of the 
zipper so you don't risk zipping the 
skirt apart. 

Step 14 

• To create the waistband, sew 
together scraps into a long strip 
that are about 2" longer than the 
length of the top your skirt and 
about 1.5" wide. My skirt was about 
27" along the top, so I made a strip 
that was 29" long by 1.5" wide. 

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Step 15 

• Measure and fold in each edge by 
.25". Then fold in half lengthwise. 

Step 16 

• Clip this on to the top of your skirt and stitch in place. Leave about a 2" overlap at the end. 
Place Velcro® tabs onto the ends to secure the waistband. Now you're ready to 
accessorize your minty-fresh costume. 

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Step 17 

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• For costume accessories, I had a pair of sparkly white wings that I got from a local thrift 
store. I also created a wand out of toothbrushes. Since no costume is complete without 
appropriate jewelry, I took toothbrush pieces and fashioned earrings and a necklace to 
wear with the outfit. Add a pair of sparkly tights and matching shoes and you've created 
your very own upcycled tooth fairy costume! 

This document was last generated on 2012-11-03 02:25:17 AM. 

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